Thursday, August 14, 2008

Family pictures

It's been a while since I've posted anything family related. Here are a few pictures from our summer.

Bob and Miriam love playing in the backyard. They are great buddies. As soon as Papa comes home each day, Miriam says, "Want to play with me Papa?". Sweetness.

Dress-up has been our favorite game all summer. This is Miriam with Judith and Drake, the two kids I babysat all summer. As you can tell, they helped entertain Miriam a lot!

We spent quite a bit of time in our little wading pool. Miriam loves her sunglasses.

This is a picture from the Tulsa Zoo. We are zoo members now, so we are really enjoying getting to drop by the zoo whenever we have time. Miriam loves the train!

God has been so good to us this summer. I pray that you've been able to see his goodness in your family as well.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

God's family keeps growing!

I’ve been eager to write this post for some time, but I wanted to wait until I had a picture to go with it. One Sunday last month, there were three Contact folks who were baptized into Christ. Early in the service a woman who has come to Contact for some time decided to be baptized. Shortly thereafter, her adult son, Trey, decided he wanted to be rebaptized. Trey was baptized first, and then, in a very beautiful gesture, baptized his mother. We were all rejoicing with our new brother and sister, when one of our teens decided she too wanted to become a member of God’s family. Porsche came over to me and said she wanted to be baptized, but “I’m freaking out!” We calmed her nerves, and Bob talked with her for a minute, then he went to get her dad. That morning her dad, one of the first original Contact members, baptized her. It was such a beautiful morning, seeing the commitment and joy in the faces of our new sisters and brother, seeing the connection between our physical and spiritual families. We sang and prayed, and never even got around to having a sermon…the baptisms spoke so clearly of God’s presence among us. Please pray for our new family members as they take their first steps of a new life!